Richard Danson Brown and J.B. Lethbridge
A Concordance to the Rhymes of The Faerie Queene
With Two Studies of Spenser's RhymesOne of the most important publications on Spenser’s work to appear in the last half-century (Andrew Hadfield)
This book is the first ever concordance to the rhymes of Spenser’s epic. It gives the reader unparalleled access to the formal nuts and bolts of this massive poem: the rhymes which he used to structure its intricate stanzas.
As well as the main concordance to the rhymes, the volume features a wealth of ancillary materials, which will be of value to both professional Spenserians and students, including distribution lists and an alphabetical listing of all the words in The Faerie Queene. The volume breaks new ground by including two studies by Richard Danson Brown and J. B. Lethbridge, so that the reader is given provocative analyses alongside the raw data about Spenser as a rhymer. Brown considers the reception of rhyme, theoretical models and how Spenser’s rhymes may be reading for meaning. Lethbridge in contrast discusses the formulaic and rhetorical character of the rhymes.
Richard Danson Brown is senior lecturer
at the Open University.
J.B. Lethbridge is Lecturer at Tübingen University.
Part I: Critical studies
1. ‘Charmed with inchaunted rimes’: an introduction to the Faerie Queene rhymes concordance – Richard Danson Brown
2. The bondage of rhyme in The Faerie Queene: moderate ‘this ornament of rhyme’ – J.B. Lethbridge
Part II: The concordance of rhymes
Part III: Ancillary lists
'One of the most important publications on Spenser’s work to appear in the last half-century, A Concordance to the Rhymes of The Faerie Queene would be a major achievement if it were simply a valuable research tool for scholars and students interested in the formal patterns of Spenser’s work. But we are given so much more. The concordance is prefaced by two short complementary monographs on the significance of Spenser’s thinking with rhyme in poetry (by Richard Danson Brown) and the traditional nature of Spenser’s use of rhyme (by Julian Lethbridge), each a significant work in its own right. Based on years of productive research and grounded in careful, imaginative literary criticism, Brown and Lethbridge have produced a book that no one who is seriously interested in poetry can afford to ignore.'
Professor Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex
'Amidst all the hype these days about big data, it's rare to find an academic work in any field that actually provides all of the evidence upon which it is based, much less one that presents that evidence in such an elegant and accessible form as this one does. But A concordance to the rhymes of The Faerie Queene offers far more than a browsable concordance of Spenser's rhyme words: its two substantial and subtle introductory essays treat poetic form seriously as a cultural force in its own right, tracing the intellectual history and rhetorical power of Spenserian rhyme and positioning it within the poet's ambitious aesthetic. Essential reading for Spenserians and students of English prosody.'
Dr Craig A. Berry, Independent Scholar
'The devoted editors of this volume have given us a remarkable tool, or set of tools, with which we can now better trace the intertwined networks of sound and sense in The Faerie Queen, its energy of verbal charm and play, its strange redundancies, shifting perspectives, and unfolding forms of error and order. This book shows you how the poem remembers itself, how it advances and doubles back. You see more sharply, more dramatically, what kind of whole the poem aspires to be. Merely to look at how certain words meet there – time, slime, crime, rime; place, disgrace, deface, embrace; make, spake, quake –you come away with a much stronger sense of how the force and fate of rhymes helps to sustain the “endlesse worke” of Spenser’s allegorical epic.'
Professor Kenneth Gross, author of Spenserian Poetics: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Magic and Shakespeare’s Noise